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The School Room: Redefining Early Childhood Education

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1I always ask myself if my two-year-old daughter is ready for school because she keeps on telling me “Mommy, I want to go to school too,” every time she sees her cousin leaving for school. Is the age two too early to go to school? Isn’t it much better if she relishes her childhood first before bringing her in an early childhood education center?

There are a lot of questions running through my mind about sending her to school like how to deal with separation anxiety; will she be okay when I leave her to school or day care? What if she cries when she doesn’t see me? What if she got bored? Am I ready to spend time away from her? There are many “what ifs” in my head.

As a parent, I know that preschool is a big help to prepare my child for first grade. It equips our children with basic skills essential for optimum learning when they start elementary, also known as the “big school.”  More than the academics, there are social skills your child will need to be able to interact with their classmates, especially in a big classroom setup. But how will you know if your child is ready for their first step in education?

I’ve done rigorous research online and consulted my friends who are also parents and here are several factors parents should consider to determine school readiness.

The first one is parents should know their child’s personality. It is given that children have different personalities, and the people who know them 100 percent are their parents.

Second, based on your child’s personality, gather data on various methodologies and philosophies in early childhood education to gear yourself with what to expect and how this may affect your child’s development.

Third, visit different preschools and observe how your child reacts to the environment.

Fourth, talk to the school directress and even teachers to understand how they will execute their teachings. If you find yourself satisfied with the philosophy and teachers, then that may be a sign that your child is ready for school.

Even with all things considered, the decision to send your child to school is still yours and based on how you know your child. Take the time to discuss the idea with your partner if you’re already 100 percent committed to send your child to preschool.

If you both agree to send your child to an early childhood education, the next step is to find the right institution that will not just educate your child academically but will mold him/her into critical thinkers and learners during this momentous time in his or her young life.

Upon looking for suitable institution for my “precious gem”, my child, I have found one which I can consider as my best option because of what they can contribute to my child’s early childhood development, The SchoolRoom.

I would like to share with you some highlights of what I have discovered about The SchoolRoom.

The SchoolRoom offers programs that are developmentally appropriate, integrating activities that are experiential, hands-on and engaging. Their curriculum is designed to synchronize the teaching method with the ability and skill set of learners. It embodies a representative approach on early childhood learning where it stimulates critical thinking, through play, project-based activities, and centers.

The SchoolRoom helps your child adapt to school based on his or her skill needs so as to not overwhelm them. It’s progressive and DAP-forward learning approach adjusts to your child’s growth in all domain of development.

What made me decide to consider The SchoolRoom as the best option for my child?

  1. The SchoolRoom advocates providing high quality early childhood education using Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP), through a conscientiously planned curriculum.
  1. Their nurturing and qualified educators are dedicated to fostering each child’s love for learning by providing meaningful experiences with the intention of developing their five areas of child development (physical, cognitive, social & emotional, language & literacy, and sensory & motor development).
  1. The SchoolRoom values children, most especially their needs and interests. The over-all development of children and their success in both school and in life are our main priority.
  1. They value plays as the medium of learning and exploration for young children. Through play and a carefully planned curriculum, children develop to become lifelong learners who are confident, independent, and compassionate individuals.

A safe learning environment is essential for students of all ages. Without it they are unable to focus on learning the skills needed for a successful education and future. The SchoolRoom ensures preschooler parents with safety facilities that include doorman, fetcher’s ID, emergency numbers posted on the wall by class level, fire drill, earthquake drill, first aid training, poster of children with allergies, and TSR will be child proofed in all areas.

The preschool environment will be conducive to the child to their needs and interests. Tables and chairs will be appropriate to the child’s height which fosters independence. There’s also a Special Activity room where they have a dedicated room to allow for various activities to take place every day. They will be using this room as an arts room, a multimedia room, and cooking/food preparation room, and a natural science discovery center room.

Another thing that’s good about The SchoolRoom is that they will be following a strict teacher student ratio. For the infant toddler class, they will have a maximum of 8 students to 2 teachers. For the Nursery and Pre-Kinder, they will have a maximum of 12 to 2 teachers. For the Kinder class, they will have a maximum of 10 to 1 teacher.

Having small class ratios allows for the teacher to go in depth into each child’s learning level, personality and skill. It is focused on the children’s needs, not just as a whole, but as an individual person too.

Of course it’s important to us parents to know and check the progress of our child. That’s why The SchoolRoom will be having a bi-monthly journals, newsletters, and quarterly reports to update the learning status of the children.

Another issue that arises in every school is bullying which affects students’ sense of security. The SchoolRoom is a bully-proof environment by fostering a loving, caring, empathetic, and nurturing attitude inside and outside the classroom; educators can become models and ambassadors in promoting a community of helping hands.

Positive discipline is also another way to prevent bullying. This involves giving children ways in problem solving in a respectful and kind manner without labeling, shaming, and or corporal punishment. The action done is the focus and not the child – for instance, a child grabbed a truck. A teacher can point out that by grabbing the truck, it hurt the feelings of the other child. That feeling can then be reflected back onto the child who grabbed the toy and thus, empathy will come into play. Words can also be taught, like having the child ask the other child “Can I borrow?” or “Borrow (younger children)?”

The SchoolRoom will also have seminars for guardians and caregivers on proper on to properly communicate and interact with young children in a developmentally appropriate manner.

For more information about The SchoolRoom, you can visit them personally at AIC Gold Tower Unit 06 Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. You may also contact them at 632.7754 or visit www.theschoolroom.ph.

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